|Birth: ||Sep. 14, 1942|
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 1967|
Bien Hoa, Vietnam
Name: Quentin Rippetoe Beecher
Rank/Branch: W2/US Army
Unit: Company B, 227th Aviation Battalion, 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry
Date of Birth: 14 September 1942
Home City of Record: Terre Haute IN
Loss Date: 11 June 1967
Country of Loss: South Vietnam - Over Water
Loss Coordinates: 131800N 1094000E (CQ555705)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
On June 11, 1967, WO1 Thomas F. Riggs, pilot; WO Dean E. Clinton, co-pilot;
SP5 James R. Nelson, crew chief; and passengers WO1 Quentin R. Beecher and SP4 Ralph E. Uhlmansiek; departed Landing Zone Uplift, Qui Nhon airfield in the southern coastal region of Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam.
The crew and passengers were aboard a UH1D helicopter (serial #63-12958),
call sign "Bamboo Viper 47", on an operations mission in the province. At 1900 hours, Bamboo Viper 47 left the LZ at Qui Nhon. While en route, bad
weather was encountered, and the pilot requested assistance in determining his position.
Efforts by Tuy Hoa and Qui Nhon airfields, and airborne search and rescue control aircraft failed to locate the aircraft to guide it to the airfield.
At 2057 hours, the pilot reported that he was out of fuel, and was willing to make a water landing. Search and rescue efforts started immediately, and continued until 13 June, but was unsuccessful in locating either the
helicopter or its crew and passengers. All were declared Missing in Action, Category 5 (which indicates that it is not felt that remains can be recovered).
Viet Nam War Memorial; Panel 21E Line 093
Body lost or destroyed
Created by: Mike
Record added: May 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70345783